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Sixty Icon SFHA calls for funding to cut fuel poverty
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to a consultation on plans for EU funds, calling for money to be invested in schemes to cut fuel poverty. The consultation is around the use of EU Structural Funds from 2014-2020.
Housing Scotland Today - Posted 27/01/2014

Scottish Welfare Fund spends £18.8m
Nearly 80,000 grants to help the most vulnerable.
The Scottish Government - Posted 27/01/2014

Sixty Icon Scottish housing market conditions 'strengthen'
Latest figures from Solicitor Property Centres Scotland show a 36% rise on house sales in the final quarter of 2013 compared with the previous year.
BBC - Posted 27/01/2014

Scottish property: why it's time for a Highland fling
After taking longer than the rest of the UK to recover from the recession, the Scottish market is coming back to life. In the year of the referendum, there are bargains to be had for the brave hearts.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 25/01/2014

Sixty Icon Regulator stresses importance of rigorous decision-making
The Scottish Housing Regulator will today highlight landlords’ important wider contribution to local communities and stress the importance of rigorous decision-making.
Scottish Housing Regulator - Posted 25/01/2014

SNP comment on Joseph Rowntree Foundation's report
The SNP is today highlighting the need for a Yes vote as the UK government’s welfare cuts have been condemned by a leading charity following the publication of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report which reveals nearly 400,000 households in ­Scotland are living on incomes too low to afford an adequate standard of living ­.
Scottish National Party - Posted 24/01/2014

Sixty Icon DHP spend in Scotland increases by £11m in a year
More than £15.3 million in discretionary housing payments has been claimed in Scotland between April and November 2013, with 11 councils spending more than estimated.
Inside Housing - Posted 24/01/2014

Sixty Icon Commonwealth eco model could be replicated across UK, says council
Glasgow Council hopes the green model used at the Athlete’s Village will be replicated at other future developments across the city, a spokesman said today marking six months until the start of the Commonwealth Games.
Inside Housing - Posted 24/01/2014

Three years is too long on Right-to-Buy abolition, Holyrood told
Tenants won't need three years' notice to come to terms with the abolition of Right-to-Buy, housing professionals have told a Scottish parliament committee.
Housing - Posted 23/01/2014

Sixty Icon Housing group signs new partner and care subsidiary
Wheatley Group is to partner with a 1,000-home housing association and its care subsidiary after agreement from both boards.
Inside Housing - Posted 23/01/2014

Swinney grapples with bedroom tax
Talks are to continue between finance secretary Johns Swinney and his Labour counterpart Iain Gray on how to direct more money into the bedroom tax crisis, after the Budget Bill was given initial approval last night.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 23/01/2014

Wheatley Group and HouseMark Scotland team up to develop new ways of improving business performance
Wheatley Group, Scotland's largest housing and care group, has teamed up with HouseMark Scotland, to look at new ways of improving business performance in the housing sector.
Housing Scotland Today - Posted 23/01/2014

Sixty Icon Latest homelessness statistics released
Scotland's Chief Statistician yesterday (Tuesday 21 January) released statistics on the operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland.
Housing Scotland Today - Posted 23/01/2014

Over 45,500 Scottish households supported by Discretionary Housing Payments
Over 45,500 hard-pressed households in Scotland have claimed £15.4 million in emergency housing help from April to November last year, figures published yesterday (Tuesday 21 January) by the Scottish Government show.
Housing Scotland Today - Posted 23/01/2014

Sixty Icon Gas safety advice published after 'significant' carbon monoxide concerns
The Scottish Housing Regulator has published advice on maintaining gas safety during maintenance works, after the Health and Safety Executive received a ‘significant’ number of reports of damage that could lead to carbon monoxide building up.
Inside Housing - Posted 23/01/2014

Sixty Icon PDF: The real cost of the Bedroom Tax
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has been building evidence about the practical implications of the ‘bedroom tax’ since the Chancellor announced the introduction of size limit rules in the social rented sector in the June 2010 emergency budget.
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations - Posted 23/01/2014

Sixty Icon Video: Abolition of right to buy welcomed
Housing charities, associations and organisations told MSPs they welcomed the proposal to abolish the right to buy included in the Housing (Scotland) Bill.
BBC - Posted 22/01/2014

HouseMark Scotland and Wheatley Group team up to develop new ways of improving business performance
HouseMark Scotland and Wheatley Group, Scotland’s largest housing and care group have teamed up to look at new ways of improving business performance in the housing sector in a three-year strategic agreement.
HouseMark - Posted 22/01/2014

£80m cost of the bedroom tax
Housing associations in ­Scotland can expect a bill of almost £80 mil-lion over three years as tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax are left with no option but to downsize, a new report claims.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 22/01/2014

Right to buy abolishment welcomed but caution urged over ASB measures
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has welcomed the Scottish government’s imminent abolition of the right to buy policy, but has warned against raising tenant expectations to unrealistic levels in relation to how swiftly anti-social behaviour can be dealt with.
24 Housing - Posted 22/01/2014

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